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Osage woman missing since March 14 has been found safe


Shannon Shaw Duty

The Osage Nation Police Department announced that Walkeen “Keenie” Wahwassuck has been found safe in Tulsa.

According to a prepared release, the ONPD said the public responded to requests for information, providing possible leads for the department and Wahwassuck was found safe. Details have yet to be released.

Wahwassuck’s family expressed their joy on Facebook and thanked the community for their efforts in finding her.

“PRAISE GOD THEY FOUND MY SISTER!!!! THANK YOU JESUS, PRAISE GOD!!!!! THANK YOU EVERYONE!!!!” wrote her older sister Dana Daylight on her Facebook page March 23. “We don’t have any details, but I want to let you know, please let others know. WEY.WE.NUH [I am grateful].”

Wahwassuck, an Osage mother of four, went missing on March 14 in Tulsa after she was seen at the Indian Health Resource Center. Investigations opened in the ONPD and the Tulsa Police Department with local and state media reporting on her disappearance, as well as national Native American media.

Wahwassuck’s family, the Gray family of the Osage In-Lon-Schka Pawhuska District (her uncle is former principal chief Jim Gray), posted flyers and Facebook messages, which spread quickly across the social network.

Wahwassuck is a long-time employee of the Osage Nation and works in the Mail Room, delivering mail to all the programs on the Osage Campus. She is culturally active in Osage ceremonies and a regular attendee at Osage community events.

Original Publish Date: 2012-03-23 00:00:00


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Shannon Shaw Duty
Shannon Shaw Duty

Title: Editor


Twitter: @dutyshaw

Topic Expertise: Columnist, Culture, Community

Languages spoken: English, Osage (intermediate), Spanish (beginner)

Shannon Shaw Duty, Osage from the Grayhorse District, is the editor of the award-winning Osage News, the official independent media of the Osage Nation. She is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and a master’s degree in Legal Studies with an emphasis in Indigenous Peoples Law. She currently sits on the Freedom of Information Committee for the Society of Professional Journalists. She has served as a board member for LION Publishers, as Vice President for the Pawhuska Public Schools Board of Education, on the Board of Directors for the Native American Journalists Association (now Indigenous Journalists Association) and served as a board member and Chairwoman for the Pawhuska Johnson O’Malley Parent Committee. She is a Chips Quinn Scholar, a former instructor for the Freedom Forum’s Native American Journalism Career Conference and the Freedom Forum’s American Indian Journalism Institute. She is a former reporter for The Santa Fe New Mexican. She is a 2012 recipient of the Native American 40 Under 40 from the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development. In 2014 she helped lead the Osage News to receive NAJA's Elias Boudinot Free Press Award. The Osage News won Best Newspaper from the SPJ-Oklahoma Chapter in their division 2018-2022. Her award-winning work has been published in Indian Country Today, The Washington Post, the Center for Public Integrity, NPR, the Associated Press, Tulsa World and others. She currently resides in Pawhuska, Okla., with her husband and together they share six children, two dogs and two cats.

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